Calcium Deficiency

Calcium deficiency can result if the blood calcium level is low, as this causes the body to use calcium reserves

In addition to putting you at risk for osteoporosis and weakened bones, this causes calcium to be released into the bloodstream, which can lead to bone spurs and kidney stones. The release of calcium also masks detection of deficiency by blood tests.

Calcium Deficiency Dangers

Symptoms of calcium deficiency (hypocalcaemia) include numbness or tingling of the fingers, muscle cramps, lethargy and low appetite. Severe symptoms can include skeletal malformations, dermatitis, confusion and delayed development in children. Osteoporosis and rickets are associated with calcium deficiency. Calcium deficiency can contribute to physical and mental disorders including osteoporosis, cartilage erosion, tooth decay, fibromyalgia, kidney stones, osteoarthritis, joint pain, muscle pain, back pain, stress, anxiety, bone spurs and heel spurs.

Calcium Level Test

A serum calcium level test can help diagnose conditions that affect bones, nerves, kidneys and heart. It will test for calcium content that isn't stored in the bones and is usually done along with a phosphate test as the combination allows screening for several conditions.

Talk to your doctor if you think you are at risk for calcium deficiency